August 1, 2021
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Safety in numbers: Four county Wicklow towns eligible for €40,000 funding based on population

Four Wicklow towns are eligible for up to €40,000 in funding made available to respond to the new challenges associated with COVID-19 and support the economic and social recovery of our towns and villages.

Bray, Arklow, Greystones-Delgany, and Wicklow Town can now avail of a special tranche of payments being made available through the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

The projects that can avail of the funding need to be in response to the Covid-19 crisis and be delivered quickly, and include developing outdoor areas to accommodate social distancing and equipment to run local events, enhancement of community buildings to accommodate remote working, and provision of greater pedestrian access and space within  a town.

An extra €10 million has been added to the scheme which runs annually and has been extended to include towns with a population of over 10,000 people, which allows the four county Wicklow towns apply. In total, 41 towns across the country have been brought into the scheme as a result of changing the entry requirements.

Other changes to the scheme mean up to six towns or villages in any local authority can now apply for funding.

The Scheme has previously invested in public-realm projects and the enhancement of town centre amenities, interventions to encourage town centre living and projects that support the economic development of our towns and villages.

Announcing the expansion of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys said: “”We are all aware of how hard it has been to keep our towns open for business during Covid-19. That’s why I am delighted to be able to announce these further measures today.

“I am particularly pleased by the inclusion of 41 larger towns who are now eligible to apply. These towns can each apply for up to €40,000 to increase footfall and social activity in towns and address social distancing measures that we all now face as a result of Covid-19.

“I would encourage these large towns, as well as towns and villages with populations of below 10,000, to engage with their Local Authority to identify projects that will help to bring confidence back to communities and businesses in their locality,” she concluded.

The closing date for this new round of funding is August 28, 2020.

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